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KASSOS  island

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      Kasos is located in the southernmost region of the Eastern Aegean and lies between Crete and Karpathos. It has an area of 64 square kms and a population of 1088 people . The land is mountainous and rocky with few areas suitable for  agriculture . The visitor to the mountains of the island will find rare  wildflowers and birds species. Kasos has a mild,  healthy climate. Clusters of barren islets and rocky peaks are found all around the island . Kasos has an ancient history .It has been a part of the historical fortunes of its  neigh bouts , Crete and Karpathos , and has often been subject to pirate invasions. During the years of the Greek revolution the inhabitants of Kasos numbered 12.000. It is an island boasting a fine nautical tradition. Five settlements are on the island ,these are: Fri, St. Marina, Arvanitochori , Poli and Panagia.

      Together they comprise the municipality of Kasos which is under the administrative jurisdiction of the province of Karpathos . The capital Fri has the only harbor  of the island . Beside the port for ships is the small harbour of Boukas which is full of boats and fishing vessels.  Near Fri is Emporios ,the name of the old port which has beautiful old stone  houses and the  port for ships is the small harbour of Boukas which is full of boats and fishing vessels . Near Fri Emporios ,the name of the old port ,which has beautiful old stone houses and the church dedicated to the church dedicated to the Birth of Our Lady . Also impressive are the churches of St Lady. Also impressive are the churches of St.Spyridon and St. Marina. Within all the settlements as well as in exotic locations there are churches and chapels with pebbled flooring and  beautiful wood carved iconostasis.

       Examples are the monastery of St Mamma with a view out to the Libikos gulf and St. George at Hadies which has a large hostel . To the south is the bay named Helatros .whose sea is ideal for all those who wish to swim in sparking clean waters . The old aristocratic captain's houses are quite impressive, while in the villages the houses are whitewashed with narrow flagstone paved lanes .Of exceptional interest are thshepherds huts "mitata", which attest to a long tradition of animal herding .The fine quality dairy products of Kasos are produced within these huts. The beaches of Fri ,St Kostantinos, Armathia and Helatro are offered to all lovers of the sea . .The main festivals of Kasos are those of St. Marina on the 17th of July and St. Spyridon on the 12th December. The feasts of Kasos have a prominent local character as both the music and  dancing are performed by local musicians and dancers. On the 7th of June ,the  anniversary of the "Holocaust" is celebrated with great festivity each year.

 

 

Transportation:      

The island is connected by sea with Crete (Sitia, St.Nicholas) and Piraeus (telephone number for information: 210 4226000) and with the islands Karpathos , Halki and Rhodos .It is also connected by air Rhodes and Athens via Rhodes (telephone numbers for information: 2450 41555, 49241 ,-22410 24255,-210 9269111.)A Satisfactory road network connects the settlements and allows the visitor access to all the sites worth seeing on the island

 

 

 Foods and Sweets:

 The visitor should try the traditional foods, sweets and infusions of Kasos .Some of these are :Elaiki (a type of cheese which is made from mezithra), makarounes ,menoules pastries, boustia from bombaria (lamb intestines stuffed with mince meat ,kidney and rice), dolmades ,kasiotiko pilaf (rice boiled  in meat broth ),sitaka , ofto (lamb stuffed with rice and oven baked), salt cheese ,moshopougkia (small sweets made from a special dough and in the shape of a "purse" ,filled with almonds ,sugar and rose- water), toustes (sweet pies with mezithra cheese ), mezithropites ,koyrambiedes, xilikopites, manzourana- rosemary and kinomala  (sage).

 

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